Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Translation: Best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year! Traditional Chinese greeting on the Chinese New Year.

Well today is the Chinese New Year, year of the dragon to be precise. Yesterday we celebrated by having a Chinese dinner. I made Orange Peel Shrimp which tasted just like take-out so I consider it a success. I like to celebrate the Chinese New Year so it gives me that extra time to think about the year ahead and make goals (not resolutions). This year I have a few loose goals, more of things I want to just make part of my life. For instance:

1. Cook through a cookbook. I have a weakness for cookbooks but I admit, I have some I haven't made one recipe out of. I want to chose one and make every recipe in the book. The loose part of the goal is just to cook more recipes out of the books I own. Of course you will see when I proceed with this as I will post pictures on the site.

2. Run a race every month. My friend Christina asked if I wanted to run a 5k through the vineyards of Temecula and I said yes. The last couple of weeks I have been going to the gym after work and running to prep. There were (countless) nights that I just wanted to go home and blow off of the gym but I didn't because I had signed up for that darn race. Well this last weekend I went down to Temecula and we ran the race in the rain, wind, and mud. It was fun. (More fun than I care to admit.) So I want to stay motivated and do a running event each month. February is looking a bit rough as that is my busiest month at work and it appears that there aren't too many races around here then. Well maybe two in March would make up for that.

Okay, so I have just two goals for now, but I am on my path to make more and to be inspired. Dare I say, post more posts in 2012 than I did in 2011? Well, I can't commit to that just yet. Happy New Year and here is to new goals and endless possibilities!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Think About It Thursday

“If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hey, hey Donna!

Hello blog world. I have been gone for quite a while but I will not apologize. Life gets busy and honestly I was hoping to do away with blogging. *gasp* You see, blogging takes time and energy, both of which I have been lacking. But today I made an effort to take pictures and am sitting down to share with you.
My sister and I have this little love obsession with Donna Hay. I have talked about her a lot, but what you don't know is that I would stay up for hours and night and just watch her Australian tv on YouTube and dream of cooking and living in Australia as she sous chef. (It can still happen.) Well the sister and I have been talking forever about doing a blog in homage to Donna and calling it "Hey, hey Donna!" (spelling yet to be determined) Well this weekend we set the date and time to do our first photo shoot. My sister had her stellar camera and set up going on while I through together a very healthy frittata for lunches with week. The whole process was quick and seamless and here are the fruits of our "labor".

There is still a lot to learn and practice with food photography but it encourages us to cook and practice those shooting skills. And of course, we will have to start taking pictures for the cookbook I am putting together of my favorite recipes. So thank you Donna Hay for the inspiration and dragging me back into the blogging world.